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Serie A: Milan derby ends in draw; Napoli held 1-1 by Verona

Inter Milan was the extra disillusioned aspect after the Milan derby match led to a 1-1 draw, regardless of AC Milan being the crew that missed out on taking the outright lead of Serie A on Sunday.

Former Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu transformed a penalty for Inter within the eleventh minute — and celebrated fiercely towards the membership he left in June on a free switch after 4 years. Milan leveled because of an own-goal by defender Stefan de Vrij shortly after, and Inter additionally had a penalty saved in a high-tempo first half.

“For us the glass is half empty,” Inter coach Simone Inzaghi mentioned. “We missed so many possibilities and a penalty, and we deserved extra.

“However we confronted an incredible crew that’s prime as a result of it deserves to be. And we’re persevering with to enhance … Milan and Napoli are going at an unimaginable charge however there are a lot of video games left and there’s time and house.”

Stefano Pioli’s Milan remained stage on factors on the prime of the Italian league with Napoli, which drew 1-1 towards Hellas Verona earlier. Inter was third, seven factors beneath the highest two.

“The glass is half full,” Pioli mentioned. “It’s clear that you simply at all times play to win, particularly when it’s a derby match.

“We suffered a bit within the first 20 minutes of the second half however then we bought again on prime once more. On the entire, I’m pleased as a result of we performed properly towards very sturdy opponents.”

Milan was trying to make an announcement of intent _ by transferring 10 factors away from defending champion Inter _ however had quite a few gamers out injured and Theo Hernandez suspended. And it bought off to the worst doable begin as Franck Kessie tangled with Calhanoglu to concede a penalty.

Calhanoglu fired the spot kick straight down the center after which ran to the close by nook to have a good time in entrance of the Milan ultras. After getting loudly jeered by followers, he put his palms as much as his ears.

Inter’s lead lasted simply six minutes earlier than De Vrij headed Sandro Tonali’s free kick into his personal internet. Fikayo Tomori celebrated as if he had scored and the stadium announcer gave out the participant’s title however it was finally awarded as an own-goal.

Inter was given a second penalty within the twenty seventh after a foul mistake from Fode Ballo-Toure noticed him convey down Matteo Darmian. This time Lautaro Martinez stepped up however Ciprian Tataru?anu managed to save lots of his spot kick.

Ballo-Toure made up for his mistake within the last minute of the half, clearing off the road from an unmarked Nicolo Barella.

Inter had the higher alternatives within the first half and so it continued after the break, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearly gained the match for Milan. The 40-year-old Swede had performed little all sport earlier than curling the ball simply previous the highest far nook and he additionally had a fierce free kick parried by Samir Handanovic.

Milan nearly snatched all three factors proper on the dying however Alexis Saelemaekers’ shot from distance cannoned off the left put up and Kessie fired the rebound simply previous the precise put up.


Verona ended the match in Naples with 9 males after substitutes Daniel Bessa and Nikola Kalinic had been despatched off in separate incidents late on.

Giovanni Simeone had scored his seventh purpose in 4 matches to offer Verona an early lead however that solely lasted 5 minutes earlier than Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s equalizer.

Napoli hit the woodwork twice by way of Victor Osimhen and Dries Mertens.

Mertens’ try got here shortly after Bessa was despatched off after receiving two yellow playing cards in eight minutes. Kalinic adopted his teammate in stoppage time after additionally receiving two fast yellows.


Roma’s distress continued as Jose Mourinho’s aspect misplaced 3-2 at Venezia to go away it with only one win in its final seven matches in all competitions.

It was the primary time Venezia had scored two objectives in a match in its return to Serie A and lifted it three factors above the drop zone.

Roma slipped to sixth after Lazio comfortably beat relegation-threatened Salernitana 3-0.

Bologna is only a level beneath Roma _ and stage with Juventus and Fiorentina _ after successful 2-1 at Sampdoria. Udinese beat Sassuolo 3-2.

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